Books That Burn

A book review podcast where we discuss how authors treat and traumatize their characters.

Interview 5: JP Jackson, Part 1 of 2

March 26th, 2021

Please enjoy the spoiler-free portion of our interview with author JP Jackson, discussing his books, "Daimonion" and "Magic or Die". Timestamps are marked for the interview questions. Become a Patron at any level to receive the spoiler-filled second half of the interview.

  • Intro (0:00) 
  • Can you talk a little about the way trauma works in your writing? (0:40) 
  • Do you put more thought into the trauma itself or the aftermath when thinking about the effects on your characters? (1:40) 
  • Have you ever started writing a trauma in one of your books, and had it take over or have more of a story impact than originally intended? (7:30) 
  • Has a traumatic event in your books ever changed your perception of a character? (9:28) 
  • What is your approach to incorporating visible characters of color in your work? (11:04) 
  • What is your approach to incorporating characters with disabilities in your work? (15:15)
  • Do you tend to write characters with a specific orientation? Do you generally stick to depictions of queerness which match parts of your identity? (18:58)
  • If you have a character whose identity doesn’t match yours, do you have an approach for how to write about them without it being about that piece of them? (23:15)

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  • What is your favorite non-traumatic thing in any of your books? (29:08)
  • Do you have a favorite book written by someone else, and if so what makes it your favorite? (32:17)
  • Do you have any queer authors and/or authors of color whose work you’d like to shoutout? (35:56)
  • Where can our audience find you? (38:05) - Some of his social media handles were updated after this interview, please refer to the links below.

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Check out JP Jackson's blog for more info about his writing, you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Tumblr, or check out his Goodreads profile, Amazon Buy Link, and NineStar Press page.

The major works discussed in this interview are "Daimonion" and "Magic or Die".

The "book coming out in March" referenced in this interview is "Summoned" by JP Jackson, released April 19, 2021 by NineStar Press. Preorder it here.

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You can find Robin's written review of Daimonion and Magic or Die at Reviews that Burn.

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 8, Episode 4: The Will of the Empress - Tamora Pierce

March 22nd, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “The Will of the Empress” by Tamora Pierce. This was the first book published in The Circle Reforged, part of the Emelan series, but we recommend reading it after "Battle Magic" and before "Melting Stones" for the best first-time experience. This series as a whole features four main characters and this time we're focusing on Sandry. We're joined by Anna and MJ, the hosts of The Circle of Friendship Podcast where they discuss all things Emelan. 

Book TW for mental illness, kidnapping, confinement, sexual assault (backstory). 

Topic 1: Zhegorz - Mental Illness. Begins at (0:50), CW for mental illness, institutionalization, abuse, magical abuse, homelessness. 

Topic 2: Sandry - Abandonment. Begins at (10:50), CW for miscommunication trope. 

Topic 3: Sandry - Kidnapping. Begins at (24:14), CW for kidnapping, sexual assault mention, rape culture, claustrophobia, loss of agency. 

Promo for Another Pass from the CPOV network. Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (35:54). 

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Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 8, Episode 3: Battle Magic - Tamora Pierce

March 8th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Battle Magic” by Tamora Pierce. This was the third book published in The Circle Reforged, part of the Emelan series, but we recommend reading it before "The Will of the Empress" and "Melting Stones" for the best first-time experience. This series as a whole features four main characters and this time we're focusing on Briar. We're joined by Anna, one of the hosts of The Circle of Friendship Podcast where they discuss all things Emelan.

Book TW for torture, death, animal death, PTSD, war, massacre.

Topic 1: Disability. Begins at (0:50), CW for ableism, disability, PTSD, death, near-death experience. 

Topic 2: Death and Loss. Begins at (8:06), CW for war, PTSD, casualties of war, animal death, spoilers for Briar's Book. 

Topic 3: Torture (animal death). Begins at (17:30), CW for animal death, cruelty to animals, physical torture, psychological torture, threats of harm to loved ones, descriptions of torture, mention of nudity, animal abuse, slavery, PTSD, mention of the horrors of war, mention of civilian casualties. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (35:03). 

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If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon. Patrons at any level will receive the bonus Epilogue episode for this series. 

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn. 

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Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

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